Two more sus­pects ques­tioned in TT probe

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Pros­e­cu­tors head­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mil­lions of eu­ros in un­se­cured loans al­leged to have been is­sued by Hel­lenic Postbank (TT) yes­ter­day ques­tioned another two sus­pects – a for­mer TT em­ployee who was given con­di­tional re­lease and busi­ness­man Dim­itris Kon­tom­i­nas, whose fate is to be de­cided to­day af­ter a mag­is­trate and prose­cu­tor dis­agreed yes­ter­day on whether to remand or re­lease him.

Har­alam­bos Yi­agoudis, a 45-year-old TT em­ployee, has been ac­cused of is­su­ing un­se­cured loans at fa­vor­able rates to Kon­tom­i­nas, to the for­mer ma­jor stake­holder in Pro­ton Bank, Lavren­tis Lavren­tiadis, and to a third busi­ness­man, Kyr­i­akos Griveas, as well as the lat­ter’s wife. In Yi­agoudis’s tes­ti­mony, he in­sisted that he eval­u­ated all the com­pa­nies be­fore ap­prov­ing the re­lease of the loans and claimed that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries had been mak­ing their loan re­pay­ments up un­til 2012.

Mean­while a ju­di­cial coun­cil is to de­cide to­day on whether Kon­tom­i­nas, who is al­leged to have been granted 110 mil­lion eu­ros in loans from TT, should be re­manded on charges of fraud, breach of faith and money laun­der­ing. Popi Pa­pan­dreou, the prose­cu­tor lead­ing the TT probe, called for him to be re­manded but in­ves­ti­gat­ing mag­is­trate Gior­gos An­dreadis dis­agreed, propos­ing in­stead that the owner of Al­pha tele­vi­sion chan­nel and the In­teramer­i­can insurance firm pay 5 mil­lion eu­ros in bail to se­cure his con­di­tional re­lease.

In his tes­ti­mony, Kon­tom­i­nas is al­leged to have in­sisted that all the loans re­ceived by his com­pa­nies from TT had been is­sued on the ba­sis of ad­e­quate guar­an­tees. He also claimed to have put up shares as col­lat­eral for the loans, sources said, not­ing how­ever that the value of the shares fell due to the im­pact of the coun­try’s fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

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